We've had some fun little scraps these past several months, Travel + Leisure. We know you just love a good click-through slideshow article to grab our attentions and have us write reactionary blogs as you bathe in a money jacuzzi — we know you love us. C'mon. You do.
The Crescent City is the ultimate crowd-pleaser: it scored in the top five in more than half of the survey’s categories. These high marks run the gamut from the quite civilized—fine dining, architecture, and antiques—to the boisterously unpretentious, such as its top-rated music scene and the colorful people-watching.
When we tabulated the overall popularity results—those cities with the most top-five rankings across the 66 categories—a clear winner emerged. New Orleans scored in the top five in more than half of the survey’s categories, from fine dining, architecture, and antiques to the entertaining people-watching and its No. 1-ranked music scene.
Also, here's a satisfying graphic you can recreate with the city-to-city face-off:
In a move that beautifully illustrates everything terrible about lists and the void-staring media butt-scratchers' obsession with defining "hipster," Forbes.com comes along and uses a dang formula ("a quantitative approach") to come up with a Top 20 of places everyone already recognizes as "pretty cool" now designated "hipsterdom."
And what's even better, it includes the Warehouse District, a haven for lost tourists and "art lovers," home of the towering Entrepreneur Spire the IP Building and upscale loft dwellers with vague job descriptions.
"No, that can't be," says infuriated card-carrying hipster-hating New Orleans Resident, as their straw fedora pops off in a fit of steaming rage. "Marigny. Bywater. That's where they are. Riding bikes and being vegan, all over my Epic Bacon."
The contrarian tastemakers at Forbes have defied you, New Orleans Resident:
Forget the French Quarter, NOLA's brand of hipster hangs here. The neighborhood, also known as the Arts District, touts amazing restaurants (including Emeril Lagasse's original restaurant), access to the Crescent City farmers market, and a collection of galleries and museums that include the Contemporary Arts Center and the National World War II Museum.
Emeril Lagasse: Hipster
Has it really been a whole year since Travel+Leisure did its "America's [fill in the blank] Cities" list? Yes, it has. And list-loving New Orleanians might be interested in some of the results, including the designation of the Crescent City as the second-dirtiest burg in America. (Don't tell Sidney.)
Other listicle nuggets: We're the country's top city for "wild weekends," bars, and friendly locals — as well as No. 1 in "offbeat," nudging out Santa Fe, N.M.; Austin, Texas; and Portland, Ore. As far as sports-crazed, we only made it to No. 4, and few will be surprised that Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago came out ahead.
Taceaux Loceaux, as their name suggests, serves “Nola-Mex” tacos. Yes, that includes the ubiquitous Korean taco (Seoul Man); other favorites include the Aieee, which contains spicy-hot andouille sausage, and Messin’ with Texas, a BBQ brisket taco. The husband-wife team, Maribeth and Alex del Castillo, recently opened a permanent location inside the nightclub Chickie-Wah-Wah, which will offer an even more varied menu of tacos and new goodies like ceviche and homemade salsas.*
* According to Gambit A&E editor Will Coviello, Taceaux Loceaux is now out of its partnership with Chickie Wah Wah.
Axe-scented scientists determined the sexiest band, the sexiest place of worship, the sexiest ice cream truck — and its choice for sexiest college went to Louisiana State University, a name that really fires up the loins of anyone who dare speak its name. According to Maxim:
Take a road trip down to Baton Rouge, where football is king, gumbo abounds, and the student bodies are magna cum hotties.
Ah, yes, the noted aphrodisiacs football and gumbo. Put it on your "must have" list in the bedroom this Valentine's Day.
Another day, another list. Who dat say New Orleans is the best city for ringing in the New Year?* Travel+Leisure say we're the best city for ringing in the New Year!
New Orleans beat out San Juan, P.R., Honolulu, Savannah and Las Vegas for the honor. Surprisingly, New York only came in at No. 13.
* Yes, we know it's from last year, but T+L didn't do a similar list this year.
All those cities that give themselves a collective hernia trying to be self-consciously wacky — Keep Austin Weird! Keep Portland Weird! — can take a leaf from New Orleans' effortless style. Travel+Leisure has just named New Orleans No. 1 when it comes to "America's Strangest People."
The latest national list to mention the Crescent City is an interesting one: New Orleans is No. 1 in watching prime-time TV, according to the Nielsen Company. Here's the map of viewing habits (click to embiggen):
OK, fine, whatever, Nielsen. Now shut up. Judge Judy is on. Right after these commercials:
Another day, another subjective-but-entertaining list in which New Orleans is included ...
According to Sperling's Best Places and the manufacturer of a certain brand of nasal strips, the Crescent City is America's third-most congested burg, right behind Oklahoma City, Okla. and Birmingham, Ala. And they're not talking traffic congestion:
Seven categories were taken into consideration when ranking the most stuffed-up cities: pollen count, molds and spores; air pollution; incidence of flu; purchase habits of congestion products; prescriptions of congestion relief drugs; smoking; and climate.
And if you're particularly congested today — this lovely fall weather has also brought out the ragweed, grass and elm pollen; we're almost at a pollen Code Red.
We already knew we were America's most well-endowed city, as well as the country's second-kinkiest city. Why doesn't the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau ever put these sorts of stats on the brochures?
Under the jump: America's Top 20 Congested Cities.
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